Lee's Summit Parents As Teachers

March 2019

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." Dr. Seuss

To schedule a developmental screening for your 3 to pre-k child, please call 816-986-2486.

March 2, 2019 is Read Across America Day

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Sharing books through conversation

When you read a book, you may like to talk about it with someone else. The same is true for your child. Reading experts say that talking about a story while listening to it helps children learn about reading even before they are able to read themselves. The term for having a conversation about a book is “dialogic reading.” Using these book sharing techniques, you can help your child get ready to read.

Sharing books with babies and toddlers:

It’s never too soon to start reading to your baby. Infants learn to love books while snuggling in your arms and hearing your voice. Tap on the book to draw your baby’s attention to the picture. Ask a question about the picture. The tone of your voice changes and your baby will soon learn what a question sounds like. Older babies and toddlers are beginning to label pictures. Give them time to remember and say the words. Ask questions like, “Where did that bunny go?” and then give the answer. You will be modeling questions and answers for your little one.

Use the word PEER to remind you how to have a conversation about a book with an older toddler.

P stands for “prompt” what you do with your first question.

E stands for “evaluate” what your child says so you will know what to say.

E stands for “expand” on what your child says. Add something to help her learn how to give more details.

R stands for “repeat.” Ask your child to repeat your word or phrase to show she has learned new information.

Sharing books with preschoolers:

Children also benefit from dialogic reading in the preschool years. Reading and talking about books builds vocabulary, lengthens attention span and increases enjoyment from stories. Your preschooler will be able to respond to questions and think about characters and the plot. This helps him predict what will happen, an important reading skill.

The word CROWD will help you have a conversation with your child about a book.

C means “complete questions.” Ask a question and leave part of it for your child to complete. For example, “Jack and Jill went up a _______?”

R means your child should “recall” details that happen in the story and be able to answer questions.

O stands for using “open-ended questions” which require more than a yes or no answer.

W reminds you to ask “what, where, when, and why” questions.

D stands for “distancing” questions which ask the child to relate the story to their own experience.

Talking about books helps your child learn about reading but don’t over do it. Read a book several times before using dialogic reading. The important thing is to have fun and help your child enjoy reading. So relax, let your child choose his favorite books, and have a good conversation about a good story.

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Daylight Savings Time - change your clocks March 10th!

LS R-7 Kindergarten Round Up Dates

We are excited to welcome our new 2019 kindergarten students with our Kindergarten Round Up programming in March.

2019 Kindergarten Round Up:

Thursday, March 28, 2019

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Parents and students can attend. Kindergarten Round Up occurs at each elementary school in LSR7.

To be eligible to enter Kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year, your child must reach the age of 5 before August 1, 2019. Online enrollment information will be shared at Kindergarten Round Up and the online enrollment portal will be available after March 28th.

For language assistance or translations, contact: Shirley.Brown@lsr7.net or (816) 986-1006. Please visit the district website at www.lsr7.org; then “Schools” and “find a school” if you have questions regarding which building your kindergartener will attend. All other questions can be directed to the elementary school in your attendance area.

We are looking forward to seeing our new kindergarten students at Round Up - what an exciting time to see the next class of LSR7 students!

STEAM Activities

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